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2022 Self-Care Check-in Challenge: Tell us your solo relaxation tips!

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Welcome to 2022, Beauty Insider Community! At this point, the importance of “self-care” is talked about so often that it sometimes almost feels like a chore. Which totally defeats the purpose, right? Self-care is important, but it’s meant to be restorative and enjoyable. 🧖‍♀️ That’s why we’re reviving our Self-Care Check-in Challenge, this time with weekly inspiration for themed rituals and beauty resolutions to incorporate into your own self-care routines.

 

Check back weekly and let us know in the replies: How are you committing to the self-care theme of the week? Share your tips and tricks, or just get motivated by others (you can even check out @haleyvvvv's 2022 Beauty Resolutions/Goals  thread for more inspirational beauty resolutions to kick-start your new year)! And if a certain theme doesn’t speak to your personal self-care needs, skip it! But don’t forget to stop by to cheer on your fellow BIC-ers. 📣

 

  • Week 1 (1/5 – 1/11) – Getting active (…and if contouring is your cardio, that’s cool too!) 🏅
  • Week 2 (1/12 – 1/18) – Taking care of your hair 💇‍
  • Week 3 (1/19 – 1/25) – Improving your sleep routine 😴
  • Week 4 (1/26 – 2/1) – Trying a new wellness trend (supplements, CBD, gua sha, oh my!) 🔮
  • Week 5 (2/2 – 2/8) – Staying organized and productive 📚
  • Week 6 (2/9 – 2/15) – Setting a skincare goal for 2022 😚
  • Week 7 (2/16 – 2/22) – Meditating and mindset 🧘🏼‍
  • Week 8 (2/23 – 3/1) – Relaxing solo (how do you like to unwind when you get a minute to yourself?) 💆🏻‍

 

Reply below to share how *you* self-care, and don’t forget to tag any products you’re using (if applicable!) using the “#” sign!

Re: 2022 Self-Care Check-in Challenge: Share how you're committing to a better sleep routine!

@Mcakes as a fellow mother who also remembers those early days of sleep deprivation, I applaud you for picking and choosing what works for you right now. Good job, mama! You know what you can manage and what you can't and I am here for it ❤️

Re: 2022 Self-Care Check-in Challenge: Share how you're committing to a better sleep routine!

Thank you @CarolBT 💖 It's been a process learning how to prioritize and say no to things!

Re: 2022 Self-Care Check-in Challenge: Share how you're committing to a better sleep routine!

@Mcakes  I'm curious about the hair scrub, does it lather like a shampoo?

Re: 2022 Self-Care Check-in Challenge: Share how you're committing to a better sleep routine!

@AMK721 When you work the product through your hair under running water it does lather!

Re: 2022 Self-Care Check-in Challenge: Share how you're committing to a better sleep routine!

@Mcakes  thank you! Good to know.

Re: 2022 Self-Care Check-in Challenge: Share how you're committing to a better sleep routine!

I noticed that the first application does not lather @AMK721 @but the second application does lather. I feel like I am using two different hair products when I use SEPHORA COLLECTION Hair Cleansing Scrub 6.76 oz/ 200 mL .

Re: 2022 Self-Care Check-in Challenge: Share how you're committing to a better sleep routine!

@Mcakescryofacials do seem so cool! have you done a professional one, or are you using one like the Charlotte Tilbury at home one?

Re: 2022 Self-Care Check-in Challenge: Share how you're committing to a better sleep routine!

@Kim888 I do professional cryo facials! I haven't tried the Charlotte Tilbury one, but I am intrigued by it. 

Re: 2022 Self-Care Check-in Challenge: Share how you're committing to a better sleep routine!

@TeamBIC I need to start using my Mount Lai Gua Sha Facial Lifting Tool and Mount Lai Mini De-Puffing Jade Facial Roller Mini again.  I did find that it helped with depuffing and penentrating my skincare products  better.  I think I will alternate using my NuFace and Gua Sha tool.

Re: 2022 Self-Care Check-in Challenge: Share how you're committing to a better sleep routine!

@TeamBIC Week 3: Improving my sleep routine

This one is a tough one for me because I've become a full-on night owl over the years, but I aim for 7-8hrs of sleep on per day on average. My favourite way to wind down is to finish my skincare routine with Shiseido WASO: Hydrating Gel Beauty Sleeping Mask 2.8 oz/ 80 mL. It's got a welcoming citrus scent that puts me into relaxation mode. I actually got the idea of prepping for bed with a sleeping mask from LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask with Squalane 2.3 oz/ 70 mL because when I first bought it years ago, it came complete with a little booklet depicting facial massages you could do while applying the sleeping mask and I've incorporated them into my nightly rituals ever since!

Re: 2022 Self-Care Check-in Challenge: Share how you're committing to a better sleep routine!

This is one area of my life that I really need help. I would love to be able to get a full nights sleep. I try to keep a routine (medicine, brush teeth, wash face, etc.) but I never seem to feel tired enough to go to bed. I turn off my electronics as well. I know a big part of it is because of menopause and I just made an appointment to see my doctor. Don't underestimate a good nights sleep.

Re: 2022 Self-Care Check-in Challenge: Share how you're committing to a better sleep routine!

For me , currently I am trying to get to bed early and put my phone aside that I can get sleep. I also have my skin care night routine before going to bed. 
Estée Lauder Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex Serum 

#estèe lauder micro essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion

La Mer Crème de La Mer Duet 

La Mer The Eye Concentrate Cream 0.5 oz/ 15 mL 

Tatcha The Kissu Lip Mask Original 

LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C 

 

 

Re: 2022 Self-Care Check-in Challenge: Share how you're committing to a better sleep routine!

Week 3 (1/19 – 1/25) – Improving your sleep routine 😴

 

In order to get a better sleep routine I want to make better choices throughout the day. Admittedly, I'm a coffee lover-I just love the taste. Can't imagine a morning without downing 1-2 cups and then drinking more throughout the day and even another cup or two at night 👀. It's a terrible habit and it's to the point where I barely have any caffeine effects from coffee that doesn't have espresso in it. I want to commit to not drinking any coffee past 8pm. I'm usually a night owl and this is coupled with terrible insomnia, so I really don't need any extra kick (even if the caffeine only has little effects). There's times realistically where at 7pm I'm going to need a bit of a pick me up to get through some errands/chores and I don't want to crash, which brings me to my next point...

 

I really want to stop napping throughout the later afternoon/day. I have this terrible habit of napping for 1-3 hours whenever I'm very tired. Sometimes I go down for a nap at 7pm and wake up refreshed at 10-11pm and then end up staying up until 3-4am only to get an hour or two of sleep before a full day of work... and the cycle continues. It's truly awful... so I want to commit to forcing myself to not take sporadic naps during the day and go to bed at an earlier time. If I'm tired at 7pm, grab a coffee, do some chores (keep moving) and get ready for a bubble bath/sleep routine so I can be in bed by 10-11pm, midnight at the absolute latest.

 

The last thing I want to commit to is taking more baths, they really help me relax before bed. This especially is true when I use oils and epsom salts within my bath. Not only this, it helps my back muscles relax as well which is super helpful to avoid tossing and turning throughout the night. I want to afford myself a nice 45-60 minutes during the night to do my skin care routine, take a relaxing bubble bath and get in some comfy pajamas. Ideally I'd leave myself an hour to get to put on a show to enjoy before bed. 🙂 (TV always puts me to sleep, oddly enough.)

 

 

Re: 2022 Self-Care Check-in Challenge: Share how you're committing to a better sleep routine!

I have delayed melatonin onset so I try to take melatonin an hour and a half before I plan to sleep.  It gives me enough time to do some yoga and stretches and prep my skin for bed.  
I use lavender pillow spray (ren and wander flower  make my favorites to date) 

If I still can’t sleep I’ll turn on some asmr videos and they’ll help me drift off.  

 

Re: 2022 Self-Care Check-in Challenge: Share how you're committing to a better sleep routine!

@heartsmyface asmr videos are so wild! At first, I thought they were super weird but they are so relaxing! I really like the ones they mimic beauty treatments haha 

Re: 2022 Self-Care Check-in Challenge: Share how you're committing to a better sleep routine!

To get a goodnight's sleep, I have been trying to go to bed early. My sleep pattern has been so messed up the last couple of years.

 

I try to clear my mind or think of trivial chores I need to do the next day. I know it sounds counterintuitive, but it works for me. Before I know it, Ive fallen asleep.  I also spray my pillow with Slip Sleep Mist 3.4 oz/ 100 mL  to create a relaxing environment. Unfortunately, I have to spray alot because the smell doesn't last long. I will need to look for a differnt sleeping spray.🙃

Re: 2022 Self-Care Check-in Challenge: Share how you're committing to a better sleep routine!

I turn off electronics at least 30 minutes before bed. Then I do my nightly skincare routine, which helps me to wind down. I use Dermalogica Precleanse Cleansing Oil, Beautycounter cleanser, Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant Exfoliator 2 oz/ 57 g, Tatcha The Texture Tonic AHA Liquid Exfoliating Treatment 5.07 oz/ 150 mL, and Murad Retinol Renewal Value Set. I also use a lavender scented body lotion with melatonin in it. I use aromatherapy and a manta sleep mask as well.

Re: 2022 Self-Care Check-in Challenge: Share how you're committing to a better sleep routine!

In order for me to get the best sleep, I compose a new morning and night time ritual each week to follow. This week, I’ve planned yoga in the morning, reading for 30 minutes, working out for 60 minutes, going outside for at least 30, and then other errands or social activities. At night, I take time to do my skin care routines that involve a makeup remover, cleanser, exfoliant, serum, and mask. After my skin care routine, I do yoga for 15 minutes, then journal for 20 minutes. I try to stay off social media as much as possible, because I realized it hurt my sleep schedule and also mental health before bed. Also, avoiding nicotine and coffee (any stimuli) before bed is also helpful. #bettersleep #selfcarecheckinchallenge2022

Re: 2022 Self-Care Check-in Challenge: Share how you're committing to a better sleep routine!

@MomoElise Tose are some excellent ways to wind down before bed! I need to work on reducing social media before bed for the same reasons. Social media can be a great tool but sometimes it can be a distraction for me.

Re: 2022 Self-Care Check-in Challenge: Share how you're committing to a better sleep routine!

I have currently started anew routine of making my self care my umber 1 priority. I’ve been making healthy protein shakes adding Collagen to give my skin and hair a beautiful boost. Taking care of my skin, washing my face twice daily and using retinol, serums and eye cream. I also love adding #CBD into my daily regimen because it really helps me relax. Writing in my journal before bedtime is my nightly routine so I don’t go to bed with too much on my mind. All of these things ensure a good, well rested sleep! #soljaneiro #bumbumcream #collagen #retinol

Re: 2022 Self-Care Check-in Challenge: Share how you're committing to a better sleep routine!

So before I go to bed, I put on Dr. Teal's Body Lotion, Sleep Lotion. It's supposed to promote a better night's sleep, and it contains Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E which nourishes and renews the skin. There's also Melatonin, Lavender and Chamomile essential oils that helps you get a good night's sleep. It's very lightweight and has a nice little cooling sensation when you put the lotion on your skin. Love using it. You can buy it at Target.  Honorable mentions are: Farmacy Honey Grail Ultra-Hydrating Face Oil 1 oz/ 30 mL , Bite Beauty Agave+ Nighttime Vegan Lip Therapy 0.5 oz/ 15 g 

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